It’s that time of the month again! Buckle your seatbelts, we’re going on another Mid-Michigan exploration. One thing I miss most while I am in Alma is options. When you live in a larger city, you always have options. Options of places to shop, options of places to eat, options of things to do and even options of which way to take to get somewhere—in big cities, options are a huge part of daily life. (Which has made me very indecisive, by the way!)
One option that really has begun to bother me over the years I’ve been at Alma is the one-stop shopping. Everyone seems to go to Walmart, and only Walmart. It is the easiest, cheapest and most all-encompassing store in Alma, no doubt, but what people don’t realize that in Downtown Alma there are several family-owned shops that carry a lot of the products that Walmart has and then some. There is a jewelry store, a musical instrument store, hair and nail salons, a sewing store, a shoe store, antique stores, thrift stores, a natural food/organic store, several delicious places to eat and so much more.
One shop that I happened to stumble upon while I was out searching for a place to buy my mom a birthday present is new to the downtown scene. Full of all sorts of interesting pieces for the home (and dorm room!) and also lots of gift options, Sweet Rickedy Redo’s quickly became one of my favorite stores in town. The minute I walked in the door, I just knew this store was going to be my go-to shop when I needed gifts or a new pick-me-up for my dorm room.
Sweet Rickedy Redo’s has only been open since July 2013, but it does not lack in selection or quality because of it. Every wall, corner, and shelf space in the store is covered with beautiful works of art. If you’re looking for a bright blue chair, or a wooden panel with a quote painted on it, there’s a good chance you can find it here. The owner has deemed it an antique, vintage gift shop, though some items are new as well.
“My love of vintage items started at a young age. Painting furniture came later. I’ve always wanted my own shop to sell fun unique items. As the business grows I hope to expand my lines of brand new items as well,” said shop owner Danielle. “I look for things everywhere; from estate sales to flea markets.”
If you have not been in to Sweet Rickedy Redo’s yet, be sure to take a few minutes to stop by, say hello and take a look at all the beautiful items that are for sale. I guarantee you will leave there with something, or at very least, with a wish list or a desire to do your own DIY project. The store is open Tuesday-Thursday from 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. “My favorite piece in the store is the hutch that I sell my vintage fabric out of,” said Danielle. “I don’t really care if something is valuable or not, so long as it has character.”